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Law Clerk Applicants

Clerkships at the Colorado Court of Appeals are either a one year appointment beginning in September of each year or are longer-term appointments, at the discretion of the hiring judge. Service with the same appellate judge for more than one year will provide additional paid benefits and the opportunity for future annual salary increases.

Each judge hires his, her, or their own law clerks. Please see the information provided below for the details on applying for a clerkship in each Judge's chambers.

Applicants must have completed at least four semesters of law school prior to submitting application materials.

Please address inquiries and applications to the individual Judges at:
Colorado Court of Appeals, 2 East 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

Chief Judge Steven Bernard:  720-625-5240

Chief Judge Bernard is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge John Daniel Dailey:  720-625-5340

Judge Dailey is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Gilbert M. Román:  720-625-5325

Judge Román is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge David M. Furman:  720-625-5310

Judge Furman will accept applications until the position is filled, with the goal of hiring during the summer or fall for the following year. He gives primary consideration to class rank and writing experience.  Applications should contain: (1) a resume; (2) undergraduate and law school transcripts; (3) three letters of recommendation, at least one not from a law professor; and (4) writing sample of unpublished material, preferably unedited by anyone else.  Applications should be emailed to zachary.cummings@judicial.state.co.us.

Judge Diana L. Terry:  720-625-5320

Judge Terry is currently not accepting applications.

Judge Jerry N. Jones:  720-625-5335

Judge Jones hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms. He prefers to receive applications by June, and holds interviews in the Summer. Please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and letters of reference to jerry.jones@judicial.state.co.us. Judge Jones has hired his clerk for the 2021-2023 term.

Judge David J. Richman:  720-625-5315

Judge Richman is currently accepting applications for a clerkship beginning whenever a vacancy occurs and ending in late 2022.  Judge Richman prefers applicants with clerking experience.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, a resumé, a law school transcript, a writing sample, and recommendation letters to amy.adams@judicial.state.co.us

Judge Terry Fox: 720-625-5245

Judge Fox has two law clerks, who serve staggered two-year terms.  She has hired through the 2021-2023 term but will accept applications for the 2022-2024 term from Spring 2021 through July 6, 2021.  Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year clerkship and should be available to start in August or September 2022.  Applications should by email to tighe.beach@judicial.state.co.us and should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample of unpublished material (one not edited by someone else), transcripts (undergraduate and law school), and three letters of recommendation (only one from a law school professor).  Interviews will be conducted in early August.  Out-of-state applicants must be available in Denver (at their own expense) for in person interviews.  Judge Fox may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the judge.

Judge Stephanie Dunn: 720-625-5235

Judge Dunn has hired law clerks through the 2022-2023 term.  Future applications will be accepted in Spring 2021 and should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a short writing sample (preferably unedited by someone else), and not more than three letters of recommendation (with at least one from someone other than a law school professor).  Judge Dunn may ask applicants to prepare an original writing sample based on a fact pattern supplied by the judge.

Judge Anthony Navarro: 720-625-5250

Judge Navarro hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  He generally reviews applications beginning in July, conducts interviews in August, and hires a clerk before Labor Day to start the following August or September.  Applications should be submitted by email to nathaniel.vasquez@judicial.state.co.us and should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank; (4) a writing sample of up to fifteen double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a practicing attorney or judge for whom the applicant has been employed or interned.  Judge Navarro will interview the finalists.  He may also ask finalists to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by him. Judge Navarro has hired for the 2020-2022 and 2021-2023 terms.

Judge Michael H. Berger: 720-625-5230

Judge Berger is not currently accepting applications for law clerks. 

Judge Elizabeth Harris:  720-625-5330

Judge Harris is currently accepting clerkship applications for a term beginning in the fall of 2022.  Applications may be submitted by mail or e-mail.  Please e-mail applications to grace.smith@judicial.state.co.us and  kelsey.fairholm@judicial.state.co.us.  Applications must include: a cover letter, a resume, a law school transcript, an unedited writing sample (not a law review article), and two recommendation letters.  Judge Harris is only requiring three semesters of law school transcript grades prior to submitting an application but requests that applicants supplement with additional grades as they become available. 

Judge Rebecca R. Freyre: 720-625-5225

Judge Freyre has two law clerks who serve staggered, two-year terms. Applications should be submitted by emailed to brittany.garza@judicial.state.co.us and should include a cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript showing class rank through the Spring  semester, writing sample (preferably one not edited by someone else), and up to three letters of reference. Judge Freyre has hired for the 2021-2023 term.  Judge Freyre will begin accepting applications for the2023-25 term beginning May 1, 2022.

Judge Craig R. Welling: 720-625-5210 

Judge Welling currently has a clerk opening for a two-year term beginning in October 2021.  Applications for the open position should be submitted as soon as practicable, but no later than Friday, June 25, 2021.  Applications should be submitted by email to shannon.hughes@judicial.state.co.us, and should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a writing sample (must be the applicant’s own work, not edited by others, and should not be a law review article or case note), and three references or letters of recommendation.  Judge Welling will conduct interviews with finalists..

Judge Ted C Tow III:  720-625-5205

Judge Tow has hired for the 2021-2023 term.  Applications for the 2022-2024 term should be submitted by email to megan.bradford@judicial.state.co.us, and should include a cover letter, resume, official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank, a writing sample (must be the applicant’s own work, not edited by others, and should not be a law review article or case note), and three letters of recommendation.  Judge Tow will conduct face-to-face interviews with finalists.  He may also ask finalists to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by him. 

Judge Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov 720-625-5220

Judge Lipinsky hires law clerks for staggered, two-year terms.  Applications should be submitted to lindsey.folcik@judicial.state.co.us and include a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample of unpublished material of up to ten double-spaced pages (which may be part of a larger document) that is the sole work of the applicant, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (only one from a law school professor).  Judge Lipinsky may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern that he will supply.  Judge Lipinsky is accepting law clerk applications for the 2022-24 term. 

Judge Matthew D. Grove:  720-625-5305

Judge Grove is currently accepting clerkship applications for a two year term beginning in August or September 2022.  Interviews will be conducted in August 2021 (preferably in person, although remote interviews are a possibility).  Applications should be submitted to andrea.staron@judicial.state.co.us by email and should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript showing class rank; (4) a writing sample of up to fifteen double-spaced pages (which may be a portion of a larger document), preferably not edited by someone else; and (5) three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a current or former supervisor.  Judge Grove will begin accepting applications for the 2023-2025 term beginning on May 16, 2022. 

Judge Neeti Pawar 720-625-5126

Judge Pawar is not currently taking applications for judicial clerkships.

Judge Jacyln Brown 720-625-5300

Judge Brown has two law clerks, who serve staggered two-year terms.  She will accept applications for the 2022-2024 term from June 1, 2021 through July 1, 2021.  Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year clerkship and should be available to start in August or September 2022.  The salary for this position is $4,934.00 per monthApplicants should apply by email with the subject line “Appellate Clerk Application” to rebecca.siever@judicial.state.co.us and amber.paoloemilio@judicial.state.co.us and should include a (1) cover letter, (2) one page resume, (3) writing sample no longer than 10 pages, double spaced of unpublished material (indicate if it was edited by someone else; may be part of a larger piece of work and must not be a law review article), (4) transcripts (undergraduate and law school), and (5) two letters of recommendation (preferably only one from a law school professor).  Interviews will be conducted in mid-July and a hiring decision will be made by early-August.  Judge Brown may also ask the applicant to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern to be supplied by the judge.  Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, and/or disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. 

Judge Sueanna P. Johnson

Judge Johnson hires law clerks for two-year staggered terms.  Applications for the 2022-2024 term are due June 30, 2021, with interviews conducted in July-August and an offer made around Labor Day to begin August or September 2022.  Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official law school transcript; (4) three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a judge or lawyer with whom the applicant interned or was employed); and (5) a writing sample no more than 10 pages double-spaced (may be part of a larger piece of work and must not be a law  review article) that is certified fully written and edited by the applicant.  Send applications to patrick.moore@judicial.state.co.us and david.jennings@judicial.state.co.us.

Judge Christina F. Gomez

Judge Gomez has two law clerks who serve staggered, two-year terms. Judge Gomez has hired for the 2021-2023 term.  Applications for the 2022-2024 term will be accepted in Spring 2021, with a deadline of June 1, and should be sent to john.taufer@judicial.state.co.us and leigh.horton@judicial.state.co.us.  Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) undergraduate and law school transcripts; (4) three letters of recommendation (only one from a law school professor); and (5) a writing sample (preferably one that is the sole work of the applicant, not edited by others, and preferably not a law school paper or law review article).  Judge Gomez will interview the finalists and may ask finalists to prepare an original writing sample based upon a fact pattern that she will supply. 

Judge David H. Yun  720-625-5345

Judge Yun prefers to hire law clerks for staggered, two-year terms and has hired for the 2021-2023 term. Applications for the 2022-2024 term should be sent to anna.obrien@judicial.state.co.us  and emmet.kaplan@judicial.state.co.us.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) three letters of recommendation; and (5) a writing sample (preferably one that is not edited by someone else). 

Judge W. Eric Kuhn (Starting August 2021)

Incoming Judge Kuhn is expecting to hire law clerks for staggered, two-year terms and is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in both a 12-month or 24-month clerkships.  Applications for clerkships starting in late July or early August 2021 should be sent to tiffany.mortier@judicial.state.co.us.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) an official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) three letters of recommendation; and (5) a writing sample (preferably one that is not edited by someone else). 

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Denver, Colorado 80203

 

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